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For women, criticism is directly proportional to success: Kalki Koechlin
June 21, 2017
Fresh-faced and spontaneous, Kalki Koechlin is known for
bringing a certain degree of panache to the roles she portrays,
unconventional as they are.
Born to French parents, the Indian actress says the more successful you
are the more criticism you face.
"The amount of criticism you get is directly proportional to how
successful you are, especially as a woman," Koechlin told IANS here.
Asked about her views on the brickbats faced by Bollywood actresses
Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra who have made it big in the West,
the "Dev D" actress lauded the duo for handling disapprovals "sensibly."
"I think they should be very proud of themselves. They are doing
incredible work. I have seen Deepika grow so much since she first came
in the industry. Priyanka is killing it all over the world. They are
confident enough to handle it sensibly," the actress observed.
When it comes to her, the vivacious National Award winner prefers to
"ignore" internet criticism but takes note of remarks from her loved
"Internet criticism... I don't handle. I ignore it. I don't read it. I
don't respond. If I am getting very highly criticised I go off social
media for a while. What's important for me is criticism from family and
friends... they know that I have certain weaknesses or they
recognise... that's a very Kalki thing to do. They know you," she said.
So what are those typical "Kalki things" one might spot?
"The way I laugh...I have a very funny laugh that's not a very natural
laugh," the 33-year-old said with an embarrassed smile.
The actress was in the city to launch Gillette Venus Breeze, a hair
removal product for women.
Elated with the rave reviews garnered by her latest outing "A Death in
The Gunj", Kalki says she would love to do a biopic on Scots-Irish
social worker Sister Nivedita as well as go for an action hero film.
"There are many, many roles that I would love to do. I love reading her
(Sister Nivedita) and my mom has a lot of her books so I grew up
reading her. I would love to do a historical film on that and I would
love to do a biopic. I would also love to do an action hero kind of
film. I just saw 'Wonder Woman'... why don't we have chicks who can do
that here," she wondered.
Any Hollywood dreams for the "Margarita, With A Straw" star?
"If (filmmaker Steven) Spielberg calls me then I would not be checking
my calendar," Kalki offers with a laugh.
On a sombre note, she says the transition has to be organic.
"I am not going to drop everything to try and have a career there. I
think it has to happen organically. So if a good opportunity came by,
why not," she said.
A force to reckon with both onscreen (films like "Shaitan", "That Girl
In Yellow Boots", "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara") and on stage (currently
seen in Rajat Kapoor's stage adaptation of Macbeth), Kalki, also a
writer, believes a good theatre actor is not necessarily good in films.
"You can't do the same thing for both. If you are a good theatre actor,
it doesn't mean you are a good film actor and vice versa. There are
very different methods of acting. In theatre, you are reaching out to
the last person in the audience, while film is much more real... the
camera is right there (in front of you)," she said.
Kalki wants to experiment more in theatre.
"We don't experiment much because there is very little support and very
little funding. Because we don't have the infrastructure we can't have
larger than life plays like those by Cirque Du Soleil (world's largest
theatrical entertainment company). Our theatres can't hold that kind of
production, so then you experiment with the language, with the body. I
feel there are lots of things I would still love to experiment with,"
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